Regional Traffic 2023

Calling all mobility innovators: Apply now and shape the future of integrated everyday mobility within our new DB mindbox Regional Traffic 2023 program!

DB Regio transports more than 4.5 million passengers per day and the numbers are continuously increasing. Therefore, we are looking together with our strong partner DB Regio for new and innovative solutions to

  • Strengthen intermodular mobility
  • Support mobility and sense-impaired travellers
  • Set new internal standards


Develop your prototype and business model with us and open up new solutions for our passengers and employees. This is your chance to work with the DB Regio Bus and Schiene on the innovations of tomorrow. What are your benefits?

  • Exclusive access to DB experts, data, markets & customers
  • Access to an individual coaching program as well as mentoring experts
  • EUR 25,000, no equity taken


You will get support of a dedicated DB mindbox startup manager, who is your bridge to the DB world. Plus, the option to work at our coworking space in the center of Berlin with 24/7 access.

This is a great opportunity to lay the foundation for joint projects and successful long-term collaboration with Deutsche Bahn Group, Europe’s largest mobility and infrastructure provider with more than 300.000 employees.

Questions? Check out our FAQ.


Intermodular mobility

Did you know, that DB Regio offers more than transportation via train? As the leading player in Germany’s local transportation sector, DB Regio is dedicated to bridging the gap between road and rail, ensuring seamless everyday mobility. To further enhance door-to-door mobility in rural regions, we invite you to share your innovative solutions.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Andreas Varnhorn
Attractiveness enhancement

Do you have a smart idea to increase the attractiveness of using new mobility solutions e.g with real time information on their availability. Does your product lower barriers for users like families or travelers with luggage? Does your solution increase comfort in busses and trains?

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Axel Hartmann Fotografie
Car meets train and bus

First and last mile mobility is especially in rural areas often solved by car. Share with us your carpooling solutions and incentives to leave the car at the nearest Park and Ride station.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Sophie Wolter

Micromobility solutions create individual mobility for short distances. Does your solution connect and promote regional offers, or do you have a secure product to charge e-scooter inside our trains? Furthermore, we are looking for save parking facilities.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger
Further approaches to increase connectivity

Help us increase connectivity through seamless and efficient solutions between vehicles, infrastructure and users.


Mobility and sense-impaired travellers

Making everyday use of mobility services easier for e.g. people with mobility and sense impairments is an important concern. We look for innovative solutions that help people with impairments manage their everyday lives independently. If your startup has an impactful solution to improve the travel experience for these individuals, apply now and be part of the positive change.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Oliver Lang
Self-determined mobility

Does your solution help to give people the freedom to choose and shape their means and routes of travel according to their own needs and desires, regardless of constraints such as time, place or physical ability? Tell us about it.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger
Accessible information

Show us how, for example, visual and hearing-impaired travellers can use your solution to overcome and master hurdles on their trip from A to B. How can (real time) travel information be communicated barrier-free from the planning of the journey to the arrival at the destination?

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger
Needs-oriented vehicle equipment

How do we increase comfort and ensure demands are met for people that are mobility impaired or highly sensitive travellers?

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger
Further solutions

You have additional solutions? We are looking forward to hear about them.


Smart improvements

Let’s improve internal processes so that our customers are delighted. By increasing efficiency, optimizing quality, and using cutting-edge technologies, your product can help us make a significant difference to over 35,000 employees and our customers.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Julia Breuer
Big data

We are looking for data experts who can use DB data and other data sources to tell us more about mobility behaviour and requirements to ensure demand-driven offers, e.g., mobility hubs.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger
Transcribed documentation

Transcribe telephone conversations of dispatchers syntactically and store them intelligently in internal systems.

© Deutsche Bahn AG I Max Lautenschläger
Quality optimization for passenger correspondence

Do you offer a solution for language correction (spelling & grammar & understandable language) that complies with corporate guidelines and can be integrated into Salesforce?

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Dominic Dupont
Knowledge database for customer dialogs

Can you separate internal information from external text modules, file e-mails according to content and suggest suitable text modules? We are looking for an AI-based knowledge database that can be integrated into Salesforce with a user-friendly UX/UI.


Special cases

The variety of topics at DB Regio is huge. Make your contribution to complement current offers and solve operational challenges.

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Max Lautenschläger
Data-based services

We would like to offer new services for our passengers based on the insights gained from real time data. Share your solution to increase comfort.

Digital information offers

Passengers on trains have questions that train attendants are happy to answer. Let's share the knowledge by integrating a digital travel companion into our portal ( One question which may be answered is the carbon footprint of their journey.

© Pixabay / Sharodej
Detection of helium balloons

Why does a helium balloon cause significant operational disruptions? Their explosion on overhead lines causes damage to ceilings and other railway infrastructure. Do you have an idea how to catch or burst balloons before they reach the overhead line?

© Deutsche Bahn AG / Volker Emersleben
Further solutions

Do you have additional solutions which support DB Regio in its core service to bring millions of passengers in regional transport to their desired destination in a punctual, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly way? Tell us about it.


06. Aug. 2023

Application deadline

Last day to apply for the program

23. Aug. 2023

Announcement of candidates

Invitation of selected teams

06. Sep. 2023

Selection day

Pitch your solution live on stage to an expert jury and audience. This year our Selection Day will be at Regio Signale during the Zukunft Nahverkehr event at STATION Berlin.

09. Oct. 2023

Start of program

Start of the 100 day Proof-of-Concept to develop and test a prototype in cooperation with DB

08. Feb. 2024

End of program

End of 100 day Proof-of-Concept and presentation of results